Tonga Whale Swim Adventures

International Dive Trips

Photography Workshops

2023 Private Underwater Photography Workshops in Maui, Hawaii


Private underwater photography workshops.

Starting at $395 

2024 Underwater Tours


Tonga Whale Swim Adventure

Land Based Adventure with 7 days of private boat charter and 9 nights accommodations in local guest house - dbl occupancy.
September 2 -11, 2024

Subject to fuel and supplies surcharge. 


Private Boat Charter limited to six people.

Join me for my 15th season leading groups to Tonga
Includes 9 nights accommodation and 7 days of private boat charter

The goal of this trip is to have mutual interactions with humpback whales in the wild.

Dive the Bligh Waters of Fiji


Fiji one week scuba adventure diving the sites of the Bligh Water

7 nights accommodation at Volivoli Beach Resort based on double occupancy and 5 days of boat diving with Ra Divers with 12 boat dives, unlimited shore dives, airport transfers, all meals.

Aug 26 - Sept 2, 2024


2025  Underwater Tours and Workshops


Tonga Whale Swim Adventures

Tonga Whale Swim Private Adventure limited to six people
Join me for my 15th season leading small groups to Tonga

August 25 - Sept 5th, 2025  Includes 11 nights of accommodation with breakfast 8 days of private boat charter with lunch, one free day to explore Vavau' Tonga.    

Price  is $6,170 per person dbl occupancy. 

A message from Doug,

I started leading groups to International dive destinations in 1994, and in 2005, focused on whale trips to Tonga, and dive trips to Fiji. Along came the pandemic, and all travel stopped. With countries re-opening their borders,  I am once again planning international dive trips and photography workshops. Destinations include Fiji, Philippines, and Tonga. 

I love to dive and travel, and the only thing better is to share the experience with like minded people. On some of the trips I offer a photography workshop, so be sure to check the details of each trip.  If you have an interest in one of these adventures please send me an email. If you might know someone that might be interested please forward these details to them. I appreciate it.   

Aloha and Mahalo,

Douglas Hoffman 

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Testimonials From Previous Clients

Having taken a variety of photography tours/classes, Douglas distinguished himself right away. Through conversation and a few questions, he learned that we knew enough to take our lens caps off before we shot. So instead of a canned lesson plan, we got exactly what we wanted. Which was a focus on the artistic side of photography.


San Jose, CA

What a great experience. Not only did I learn a lot about how to take great pictures Doug also took me to places I wouldn’t have seen. Can’t wait to put my new skills to good use.


I knew that my trip to Maui was going to epic but what I did not know was that my time spent with Douglas would turn this total newbie into an artist in just one day. Douglas was able to transform my abilities and skill level with a camera from just your average snapshooter into an actual photographer in just one workshop.

Shawn W

Doug’s techniques are so personalized to the lighting scenario. He stimulated my mind to re-think how I approach photography which I will put into practice!

Michelle R